New Edge Performing Artists Residency

Megan Mazarick’s Avatard. Photo by Megan Mazarick.

The Community Education Center (CEC) invited three Philadelphia dance artists, Megan Mazarick, Shavon Norris, and former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Meredith Rainey, to participate in the organization’s New Edge Residency program. Part of the CEC’s New Edge Artists Service Program, the New Edge Residency was established in 1984 to support the development of new work by Philadelphia artists who have had substantial performance experience, yet are still emerging. The choreographers were each given a stipend and 10 months of rehearsal space to produce a new work presented in three evening-length performances. For the 2008 showcase, Mazarick created a surreal adventure into video game culture with her work Avatard; Norris used personal narrative in her dance piece We Said; and Rainey choreographed Look Inside, a duet with video by Pew Fellow Jorge Cousineau (2011).


Collaborators & Colleagues

Producer, writer, director, and founder of Blueberry Hill Productions, Laurie Kahn has a number of writing credits to her name for award-winning films and television series.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild completed research and writing for her book, which tells the story of Joan Myers Brown and the previously unwritten 20th-century dance history of black Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

Greg “Hodari” Banks is a dancer and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region.

Grants & Grantees

Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers.

Writing an artist statement is one of those exercises that is re-performed time and again over the course of a career. The following statement was written by David Gordon in 1995.

Setting the stage for the performances of Trisha Brown’s Early Works at the Barnes Foundation, Susan Rosenberg, scholar-in-residence at the Trisha Brown Dance Company, offers an overview of Brown’s career at the crossroads of dance and visual art.

Ain Gordon, the Center’s 2011–13 Visiting Artist, spoke with choreographer and director Merián Soto about her Center-supported piece, SoMoS.

Grants & Grantees

North American twins return to their Middle Eastern homeland as they uncover family secrets.

Bowerbird, in cooperation with the 2011 FringeArts Festival, presented the American premiere of More Mouvements für Lachenmann, and held workshops with choreographer Xavier Le Roy.

Grants & Grantees

Jones is a movement performance artist who intertwines personal history, diasporic movement, social commentary, and interdisciplinary methods, drawing from, in her words, “the individual and collective lived experiences of blackness.”

Collaborators & Colleagues

Robert Mealy is director of the Historical Performance Program at The Juilliard School, a professor at the Yale School of Music, orchestra director for the Boston Early Music Festival, and co-director of the 17th-century ensemble Quicksilver.